House Welcomes New House Member

Today, the Utah House of Representatives welcomes the newest House member Marsha Judkins. The Utah County Republicans selected Rep. Judkins to fill the vacancy in District 61, after former Rep. Keith Grover, whose term would have ended in December, filled the vacant seat in the Senate. She was appointed by Governor Gary Herbert on Tuesday, July 17 and sworn in by the chief clerk of the House on July 18, 2018.

“We’re excited to welcome Rep. Judkins to the House,” said Speaker Greg Hughes. “She hit the ground running doing the work of the people after being sworn in this morning.”

Rep. Judkins was assigned to the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim Committee, Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Interim Committee and Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee. She attended July interim meetings and will participate in the Second Special Session of the 62nd Legislature.

Judkins is a former Provo School Board member and currently teaches part-time in the Developmental Math Department at Utah Valley University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Mathematics and Masters in Public Administration from Brigham Young University. Judkins and her husband have seven children and 12 grandchildren.

 

Contact:
Aundrea Peterson
Majority Director of Communications
Utah House of Representatives
aundreapeterson@le.utah.gov

 

 

What is a ballot initiative?

Most laws go through the legislative process, which includes drafting a bill, holding a committee hearing, having a vote in the House or Senate chamber, repeating the process in the other chamber and then being signed by the governor. A ballot initiative is another way to create laws, where private citizens propose an initiative that they would like to see become law.

The initiative is reviewed by the lieutenant governor to make sure it is constitutional, as well as to determine if there are any costs to the state. For instance, does it spend or collect public funds? The initiative’s sponsor must hold seven public meetings throughout the state to collect public input, then the official language is presented to voters. Once this point is reached, no further changes may be made to the text.

The sponsors of the initiative must collect at least 113,143 signatures from registered voters, meeting specific thresholds for 26 of the  29 state senate districts throughout the state.

Citizen involvement is an important part of our system; however,  negative consequences can occur when there is not a proper, deliberative vetting process, especially when dealing with such complex issues as controlled substances and the state budget. Getting it wrong could have severely negative ramifications for all Utahns.

This November, Utah voters will be deciding whether or not to support three ballot initiatives that raise significant concerns – Utah Medical Cannabis Act, Utah Independent Redistricting Commission and Standards Act, and Utah Decides Healthcare Act.

July 2018 Legislative Calendar

Stay in the know about what is happening at the Utah State Legislature.  Here is a list of July’s meetings. Click the committee to see the agenda, meeting materials and listen to live and past audio* of meetings.

On July 16, 2018, Governor Gary Herbert issued a call for a special session to be held on Wednesday, July 18 at 2:30 p.m. Because of this, some committee times were adjusted. See the proclamation here.

Monday, July 9
1:00 p.m. – Criminal Code Evaluation Task Force 


Tuesday, July 10
10:00 a.m. – Veterans and Military Affairs Commission 


Wednesday, July 11
1:00 p.m. – Health Reform Task Force


Thursday, July 12
8:30 a.m. – Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee


Monday, July 16
8:30 a.m. – Transportation and Tax Review Task Force


Tuesday, July 17
9:30 a.m. – Occupational and Professional Licensure Review Committee

1:00 p.m. – Legislative Management Committee

1:30 p.m. – Executive Appropriations Committee

2:00 p.m. – Administrative Rules Review Committee – Canceled

3:30 p.m. – Legislative Audit Subcommittee

3:30 p.m. – Legislative Water Development Commission


Wednesday, July 18

7:30 a.m. – Victim Advocate Confidentiality Task Force

7:40 a.m. –  Natural Resources, Agriculture, & Environment Interim Committee

8:00 a.m. – Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim Committee

8:00 a.m. – Judiciary Interim Committee

8:00 a.m. – Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee

8:30 a.m. – Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee

8:30 a.m. – Transportation Interim Committee

10:30 a.m.. – Business and Labor Interim Committee

10:30 a.m. – Education Interim Committee

10:30 a.m. – Government Operations Interim Committee

10:30 a.m. – Political Subdivisions Interim Committee

10:30 a.m. – Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Interim Committee

10:30 a.m. – Health and Human Services Interim Committee

10:30 a.m – Government Operations Interim Committee

2:30 p.m.  – Special Session


Thursday, July 19
8:30 a.m. – Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands – canceled 

*Not all meetings are streamed online.

Times may change see the most up to date list here.

 

Utah Safe Schools Commission Report

The Utah Safe Schools Commission met several times from March through June of 2018. All members of the commission were invited to bring their ideas and findings on how to improve school safety. Each idea presented was discussed among the commission. See their recommendations here.

 

 

New House Member Sworn in

Speaker Greg Hughes administered the oath of office to the newest member of Utah House of Representatives,  Kyle R. Andersen, on June 19, 2018.

Rep. Andersen filled the seat vacated in House District 7 following Rep. Keith Grover’s appointment to the Senate to fill the vacancy in Senate District 15.

Rep. Andersen will be assigned to the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee, Government Operations Interim Committee and Transportation Interim Committee.

He is a registered certified public accountant and a volunteer coordinator at Family Promise of Ogden. He received his Bachelor of Science in accounting from Weber State University.

Utah Safe Schools Commission to hold a press conference

For Immediate Release
June 18, 2018

Contact:
Aundrea Peterson
Utah House of Representatives
aundreapeterson@le.utah.gov 

Utah Safe Schools Commission to hold a press conference to present recommendations to increase safety measures in Utah schools 

What:
The Utah Safe Schools Commission to present recommendations of how to improve school safety.

The uncompensated commission reviewed policies and programs directed at increasing safety in schools in Utah. Dialog among elected officials, stakeholders, parents, teachers, community members and students helped develop solutions that will increase safety measures to protect children across the state.

During the press conference, members of the commission, elected officials and stakeholders will review their findings.

Where:
Capitol Building, Gold Room
350 State St., Salt Lake City, UT 84111

This event will also be live-streamed on the Utah House of Representatives Facebook Page.

When:
Wednesday, June 20, 11:45 a.m.

Who:
Rep. Ray Ward
Rep. Steve Handy
Rep. Mike Kennedy
Speaker Greg Hughes
Members of the Utah School Safety Commission

Members of the Utah Safe Schools Commission:
Clark Aposhian, chairman of the board of the Utah Shooting Sports Council
Dallas Earnshaw, superintendent at Utah State Hospital
John Hoffmann, professor of sociology at Brigham Young University
Terryl Warner, member of the Utah State Board of Education
Keith Squires, commissioner for the Utah Department of Public Safety
Bryan Turner, director of Architectural Services at Davis School District
Heidi Matthews, president of Utah Education Association
Elizabeth Love, student representative – West High School
Isaac Reese, student representative – Brighton High School
Brian Nelson, director at Utah Division of Risk Management
Captain Justin Chapman of the Sandy City Police Department and School Resource Officer (SRO) instructor

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Utah Honor Flight

Veterans are some of our nation’s greatest heroes. They served during times of war, not knowing if they would ever return. An immeasurable debt is owed to those who served in harm’s way to defend the freedoms we enjoy today. We have a responsibility to show gratitude to our nation’s veterans.

Members of the Utah House of Representatives raised over $13,000 of their own money for the Utah Honor Flight program, which sends veterans to our nation’s capital to tour war memorials built in memory of their service. The trip for some veterans may be the only opportunity to visit the memorials as well as pay their respects to friends lost in combat. Veterans who participate in the Honor Flight program do so at no cost to them.

Rep. Carl Albrecht invited the Utah Honor Flight Chairman Mike Turner and a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran Ron Thorn to visit the majority caucus to share information about the program during the 2018 session.

Each year, the Utah Honor Flight program sends veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit memorials dedicated to the conflicts they fought in. Including the World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial at the National Mall.

“Sending servicemen and women to D.C. to visit their memorials is a great cause,” said Rep. Albrecht. “It’s the least we can do to honor the sacrifice they have given to our country to preserve our freedoms.”

The money raised was given to Turner.

Thank you to all veterans for serving our country and protecting our freedoms. We are grateful for your service, sacrifice and dedication.

Learn more about the program here.

 

Speaker Hughes and Senator Dabakis to host a news conference to discuss the inland port

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
June 4, 2018

Contact:
Aundrea Peterson
Majority Director of Communications
Utah House of Representatives
aundreapeterson@le.utah.gov

Speaker Hughes and Senator Dabakis to host a news conference to discuss the inland port

What:
Speaker Greg Hughes and Senator Jim Dabakis will host a press conference to discuss a compromise framework for SB 234Utah Inland Port Authority, and the future inland port in the Northwest Quadrant of Salt Lake County.

Who:
Speaker Greg Hughes
Senator Jim Dabakis

When:
Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at 10:30 a.m.

Where:
Utah State Capitol – Centennial Room
350 State St., Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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June 2018 Legislative Calendar

Stay in the know about what is happening at the Utah State Legislature.  Here is a list of June’s meetings. Click the committee to see the agenda, meeting materials and listen to live and past audio* of meetings.

Thursday, June 7
9:30 a.m. – Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands – Emery County

10:00 a.m. – Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee

Friday, June 8
9:00 a.m. – Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands –  Emery County

Tuesday, June 12
10:00 a.m. – Veterans and Military Affairs Commission

Wednesday, June 13
1:00 p.m. – Child Welfare Legislative Oversight Panel

Friday, June 15
1:00 p.m. – Child Welfare Legislative Oversight Panel

Monday, June 18
9:00 a.m. – Administrative Rules Review Committee

2:00 p.m. – Point of the Mountain Development Commission

Tuesday, June 19
8:30 a.m. – Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee

8:30 a.m. – Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee

8:30 a.m. – Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee 

8:30 a.m. – Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands

1:15 p.m. – Business, Economic Development, and Labor Appropriations

1:15 p.m. – Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee

Wednesday, June 20
7:30 a.m.  – Victim Advocate Confidentiality Task Force

8:30 a.m. – Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim Committee

8:30 a.m. – Judiciary Interim Committee

8:30 a.m. – Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee

8:30 a.m. – Natural Resources, Agriculture, & Environment Interim Committee

8:30 a.m. – Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee

8:30 a.m. – Transportation Interim Committee

1:15 p.m. – Business and Labor Interim Committee

1:15 p.m. – Education Interim Committee

1:15 p.m. – Government Operations Interim Committee

1:15 p.m. – Health and Human Services Interim Committee

1:15 p.m. – Political Subdivisions Interim Committee

1:15 p.m. – Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Interim Committee

Monday, June 25
10:00 a.m. – Federal Funds Commission

*Not all meetings are streamed online.